House went into committee on the following resolution.
That it is expedient to provide for the appointment of an assistant commissioner of the North-west mounted police for the Yukon territory, at $1,600 per annum.
The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) the object of the Bill of which this resolution is a preliminary is simply to authorize the government to appoint a second assistant commissioner of the Mounted Police. At present there is a comptroller of the Mounted Police stationed at Ottawa and a commissioner stationed at Regina. The object is to appoint an assistant commissioner stationed at the Yukon. The force in the Yukon is now under Superintendent Wood, a most competent officer. But some difficulty has arisen from the fact that, instead of being able to deal directly with matters concerning the Yukon he has to report to the commissioner at Regina, who has again to report to Ottawa. It would avoid many difficulties and promote the efficiency of the force if Mr. Wood were made an assistant commissioner and clothed with the powers of a commissioner, as is the assistant commissioner at Regina in the absence of the commissioner, and so be able to deal with all matters in the Yukon and report directly to Ottawa. The only increase of expenditure involved would be $200. At present Mr. Wood receives $1,400 a year with, of course, the allowance which is made to the officers in the Yukon. As assistant commissioner he will receive the same as the assistant commissioner at Regina, $1,600.